(OCA) - Bishop Paul reported that he does not intend to issue any “global liturgical directives” at this time, as he feels that he needs another year or so to observe the liturgical life of diocesan parishes. Should issues arise, he should be consulted.
With regard to Vesperal and Baptismal Liturgies, he explained that these may be effective in some parishes, but he hopes that a single “version” of each could be developed for the sake of consistency.
With regard to the attire of readers and subdeacons, he noted that in light of the sexual misconduct guidelines, we must not be “overly clerical” with minor orders. Readers may wear cassocks only when they are discharging their duties; if they are not reading at a given service, they should not wear them. Readers and subdeacons are not to wear cassocks when they visit other parishes.
In the future, altar servers may be blessed to wear oraria in the Byzantine style – that is, not crossed as customary for ordained subdeacons – and henceforth will be referred to as “senior altar servers” rather than “blessed subdeacons.” Only those who are capable of serving Hierarchical services will be ordained to the Subdiaconate proper.
In response to a question with regard to occasions on which seminarians are permitted to wear cassocks, Bishop Paul responded that they are blessed to do so at their respective seminaries.